I've been coming to Dolce Vita since I can remember going to restaurants with my family. My boyfriend has been looking for an italian restaurant that reminds him of home in Bogota New Jersey. I suggested we go tot Dolce Vita and the rest is history. We've already celebrated a promotion and a birthday. We'll be back every month.
Cannenoli with Pink Sauce is amazing, Special Pork Chop is incredible, and the Chicken Parm to die for.
Food was good and prepared reasonably quickly. Our reservation was for 7 PM but We weren’t seated until about 7:20, so that was a bit frustrating,
Dolce Vita is a remarkable restaurant. I've been to Italian restaurants all over the country. The food at Dolce Vita is on par with any restaurant you can find in Little Italy in NY, Boston or Philly. Why this place doesn't get more recognition is beyond me. The most authentic South Italian food you can find anywhere in the U.S. With a streamlined menu, the restaurants serves fresh fare wit ha good variety.
Four of us had a great saturday night dinner. I had a reservation but all the tables were full when all our party arrived to we were asked if we'd like to eat in the wine bar. We had never been in there but it was a very nice spot and we enjoyed delicious meals along with some very nice wine.
Very nice place, food was ok, not great except for the ziti bolognas which was terrific. The rosemary potatoes were dry and not very flavorful. The wine pairing on the specials was outstanding.
Excellent service in the wine bar area. Good Italian comfort food. Nice HH specials on apps, beer, and wine.
I was expecting an open menu. Didn’t realize the menu was fixed for NYE. No complaints, but I prefer to dine rather than feel as if I’m at a wedding.
Our neighborhood go-to place. Food is always great, but our New Year's Eve meal with friends this year was exceptional!
Food portions very small and overpriced. Service was very slow and not to standards. Overall ambiance is nice but you can do better - try ciao Osteria in Centreville.
After some confusion over our reservation as to which building our group would be seated in, the maitre d finally made the right decision. I advised the restaurant that when taking reservations they need to identify the seating location.
Enjoyed the entree (baked ziti), but the calamari was completely dry and without flavor - I mean literally no flavor, almost as if they forgot to add it. Very surprising from a local favorite and staple. The service was ok. They forgot much of my order, and had to be flagged down for additional drinks, but were otherwise not very noteworthy. It was a meh experience. I wouldn’t go back.
Wonderful meal! I ordered wild mushroom ravioli with parsnip cream sauce- outstanding!
They offer seasonal specials as well as a great selection of Italian dishes
Service is attentive . Only mishap was coffee was served lukewarm. Once mentioned, staff apologetic and fresh hot coffee was served
As always a special place to celebrate the special things. Food is great, good selection of wine.
We enjoy it each and every time
We sat in the wine bar - very nice - a little loud but great ambiance- food is very food and reasonably priced
What happened? This was our go to Italian place - great food and lovely service - now the food is worse than what we can do at home and the service was so bad we had to go and find our waiter. Awe - so disappointing.
This is our go-to spot for large group of friends; the food and service are on point as always.
Met old friends
I was truly impressed with the food, atmosphere and drinks at Dolce Vita. I had not heard of this place before and tried them on a whim only to be wow'd by the quality, presentation and taste of the meal. Will definitely go back soon.
We enjoyed an excellent meal and the service was wonderful!
We were very disappointed because the noise level was almost unbearable. The food is always good. The service is always good. However, the noise level will keep us from going back there in the near future.
Our first Brunch with Chef Nick Forlano was amazing! Took family from out of town and everyone was super friendly and made us feel very welcome. We’ll be back to try The Wine Bar Tapas. Yum!
We love going to Dolce. The food and service is always top notch!!
Always love the food and service at Dolce Vita. We eat here every couple of months for date night or with friends and they never disappoint.
Excellent service and a wide variety of menu choices even for those on restrictive diets. Everything was very fresh and seasoned well. Nothing too salty or overly spicy. Restaurant wasn't crowded and noise level was moderate. From our table, we could watch meals being prepared which added to ambiance. Excellent dining experience for very moderate prices.
Thanks so much for your review, Chelsea! Hope to see you again soon!
Excellent food and service. Very relaxing meal. We will return.
It was great! I’ve come here many times.
Good time. I got laid, hell yeah!
We go here every couple of months for a great meal at a reasonable price in a classic neighborhood Italian restaurant. If you’re not aware this restaurant has tremendous longevity and has been serving excellent food since at least 1999 (when I moved here). Their formula obviously works. I’ve lost track how many times I’ve asked them to customize something in the menu and they always come through. Consistent, pleasant, authentic...go!
Very pleasant. Serving team is very friendly and very considerate of our requests.
Not what we expected at all from a vibe perspective. Full of families with young kids and kind of an awkward layout but the food (pulpo, veal piccata and seafood portofino) and wines were great! It also seemed liked they had a wine bar but we didn’t see that in this restaurant so maybe we went to the wrong place?
The food was great! The music coming from the kitchen area seemed a little loud. I don't think it was music for the dining room area.
Food excellent as always. Waiter attentive and brought extra oil and cheese for dipping and timely bill.
Valet parked my car right at the door (I was on crutches).
Noise level beyond extremely loud; I have never been there when such a loud crowd - two birthday parties for young adults - were in full swing immediately behind us. My party of 4, seated at the front booth for a working meeting dinner, had to scream to hear each other. Had I been there alone, I would have walked. But where can a party of 4 decamp to on a wet Saturday evening where seating will be fast and food and service excellent?
We were seated simultaneously as the tables of raucous ones and didn't realize until they were well into their cups how loud those two hours would be.
The hostess should have seated us far away from these birthday party revelers. And I should have told her ours was a working meeting dinner, and that we needed to be away from potentially loud tables.
LOVE this place. It is a small place and because of that can get loud but the food is great.
Love this place! Great food and service
Weve gone here many times in the past, but this time we were seated at a very small table for 3 people. The service was good. The appetizer of the day was amazing. The bread excellent. I ordered the penne vodka and it was made with a different pasta which was still good but not as good as the penne that normally comes with it. The tiramisu was delicious for dessert.
Always a favorite evening for us. One of my favorite places.
Used to live in Falls Church and Dolce Vita was my favorite place for Italian. Moved to California and went back to visit after 6 years. Hoped it was still as good as I remembered and it absolutely was. They didn't have carbonara on the lunch menu, but the chef made it special for me. My dining partner had the stuffed shells and said they were very authentic. He's Sicilian and he said it tasted like home. I love this place!
We had our wedding luncheon at Dolce Vita. We miss it now that we have moved from the area and try to go back whenever we can. We made reservations for a table of 8 at 5 to be with friends from the wedding and everything was as good as before. We miss some of the waiters who had been there for years, but the food is fantastic and never disappoints!